Poland's 2017 central budget gap at 43 pct of full-year limit - ministry

WARSAW, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Poland's 2017 central budget deficit reached 25.4 billion zlotys ($7.63 billion), or 43 percent of the limit written into the budget, the finance ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The ministry said that value added tax (VAT) revenue - the main source of budget revenue - rose 24 percent year-on-year to 157 billion zlotys. Total budget expenditure in 2017 was 2.3 percent lower than envisaged in the budget. ($1 = 3.3308 zlotys) (Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Lidia Kelly)